Brands Hatch: BMW qualifying report

BMW driver Augusto Farfus claims pole position in Brands Hatch. Brands Hatch, 26th July 2008. Augusto Farfus (BR) secured pole position in qualifying for round 13 of the FIA World Touring Car Championship. At the "Brands Hatch Circuit" the BMW...

BMW driver Augusto Farfus claims pole position in Brands Hatch.

Brands Hatch, 26th July 2008. Augusto Farfus (BR) secured pole position in qualifying for round 13 of the FIA World Touring Car Championship. At the "Brands Hatch Circuit" the BMW Team Germany driver set the fastest lap time with 1:32.794 minutes, thus relegating Chevrolet's Alain Menu (CH) to second with a gap of just two thousandths of a second. Andy Priaulx (GB) was fourth with a time of 1:33.307 minutes while Farfus' team-mate, Jorg Muller (DE), was fifth quickest ahead of Sunday's first race. Alessandro Zanardi (IT) finished eighth for BMW Team Italy- Spain. His team-mate Felix Porteiro (ES) had to make do with 15th after being stranded in the gravel on his final lap.

"Since the Estoril weekend we have done a very good job," said Farfus following the 30-minute qualifying session. "This effort paid off today. My car behaved fantastically. Big thanks go to BMW and the team, who obviously have a great share in this success. Alain Menu and I fought hard for the top position in the practice sessions, and now I'm happy I emerged as pole-sitter - even if it was by a very small margin. Tomorrow I will do my best to defend the lead in the first corner and then quickly find my own rhythm." As early as his first "flying" lap Farfus was quickest. On his second attempt, 12 minutes before the end of the session, he succeeded in improving by another 0.276 seconds. When his main rivals for pole went out for their final runs, Farfus and BMW Team Germany watched the on track action carefully. After Menu failed to beat the 24-year-old's time, Farfus didn't need to do another flyer so saved a fresh set of tyres.

An hour before the start of qualifying it was Priaulx who provided the first highlight of the weekend. He went on track behind the wheel of a BMW Sauber F1 Team race car and completed a total of five laps of the 3.703-kilometre circuit. "That was the most amazing experience," said the triple World Touring Car Champion. "It gives you a lot of respect for those guys who drove Formula One races here in the eighties - they were really brave. This car does everything better than any other sort of car. The engine performance is really quick and the grip is just phenomenal. For me it is weird to drive two so different cars in such a small space of time. I hope I entertained the fans here today. Augusto did a truly special lap in qualifying. My own result was better than we had expected." On Sunday Priaulx will thrill the British fans again at 15:30hrs local time, when he goes out a second time in the F1 car. On Thursday Priaulx used the run up to his home event to launch his new autobiography.

Race one will start on Sunday at 12.05hrs, the second race will start at 13:20hrs. Both rounds will be televised by Eurosport International. They will also be streamed live on the internet, at www.bmw-motorsport.com.

-credit: bmw

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Series WTCC
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Jorg Muller , Augusto Farfus , Felix Porteiro , Alain Menu
Teams Sauber